Queen City leaders will not enjoy the following passage in this week’s TIME:

Not only did crime suddenly begin to rise in 2005, but the most violent crimes led the trend. Homicides shot up 3.4%. Robberies, 3.9%. Aggravated assaults, 1.8%. Hardest hit were not metropolises like New York City and Los Angeles but cities with populations between 400,000 and 1 million–such as Baltimore, Md.; Charlotte, N.C.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Oakland, Calif.

In a story that focuses on Milwaukee, writer Kathleen Kingsbury lists several factors that contribute to the rising crime rate. First on her list: shrinking federal funding for local cops (because we all know that the federal government offers the solution to every problem).